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Visitor Restrictions Put In Place At Midlands Hospitals

These measures are being put in place due to protect patients and staff.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre says there is a new confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ireland, a male, in the east of Ireland, associated with travel from northern Italy.

There are now 19 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the  county.

The HSE is working rapidly to identify any contacts the patient may have had, to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Hospitals within the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group are implementing visiting restrictions from this evening

The restrictions will continue into next week and are being put in place due to infection control measures and to protect patients and staff.

A hospital spokesperson says, “We are asking the public not to visit the hospital other than end of life situations and other exceptional circumstances as agreed with the ward manager in advance of visiting. To arrange a visit, families should telephone the hospital and request to speak to the relevant ward manager who will decide if a visit can be facilitated without compromising the welfare of the patients on the ward. Children in particular should not visit patients in hospital.

 “We recognise that the visiting restrictions may be challenging for patients and their families, however, our priority must be to protect the patients in the hospital who are vulnerable to infection. We would like to thank members of the public for their co-operation.”

 Dublin Midlands Hospital Group includes:

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore

Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise.

Meanwhile, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is welcoming the lifting of the HSE recruitment ban.

It says it’s vital all barriers are lifted during the current Coronavirus outbreak. 

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